|Project by Jonathan||posted 05-10-2010 05:55 PM||2576 views||13 times favorited||5 comments|
I made this candle holder for my mom for Mother’s Day. We had a family brunch yesterday and I presented it to her then, but explained I wasn’t happy with the finish and that I’d work on it a bit more. Well, it’s done now, so I’m going to deliver it today.
It is made from walnut and hard maple. I cut all the pieces on the tablesaw, then used the router and drill press equipped with a forstner bit. I should’ve switched my regular saw blade out for my dado blade, but didn’t feel like it. So, I had to get the chisel out to even up the kerf lines.
The only new thing I did on this project was freehanding the cove on the router. I used a 1/4-inch radius cove bit in my Bosch 1617EVS plunge router base. I have used the router freehand before, but not to make a finished edge like this, so was very careful to keep it flat on the piece and to hug the corners when going around them. I’m sure it would’ve been easier if I’d used another piece of walnut as a support piece, but it would’ve been slightly thicker since I sanded this one down before using the router.
I woodburned my name, 2010, and the message, “Happy Mother’s Day” into the bottom of the piece.
Hand sanded through 120-150-220-320-400.
The holes for the votive candles were drilled out to 3/8-inch deep with a 2-inch forstner bit. I didn’t really sand the forstner holes since they’ll be filled with the votives.
The feet, legs, whatever you want to call the maple risers, were simply glued on with Titebond III and clamped overnight.
Finish was 2-coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat (dewaxed shellac), burnished with 0000 steel wool after each coat. Originally, that was going to be the finish, but I wasn’t pleased with it, so that’s why I held it for an extra day and applied 3-coats of Deft semi gloss spray lacquer. I need some more practice applying the shellac! I think I need to switch from a foam brush to a bristle brush, as I’m still getting too thick of a coat at once. I honestly haven’t researched the best way to apply shellac, so if you want to chime-in here, feel free.
The only things I would do differently if I had to do this same piece again would be to do a better job of applying the shellac (I just need practice and the right brush I think), and with the size of this piece, I think I might use a smaller forstner bit and drill the holes to accept tea lights rather than votives, as it might be more proportionate with the tea lights. I think I’d also use my dado blade set to cut the channels in the hard maple to accept the walnut.
Overall dimensions are as follows:
overall height: 1-1/4-inches, plus votives
Walnut slab: 11-3/16-inches long, by 2-3/4-inches wide, by 3/4-inch thick, 1/4-inch radius cove is 3/32-inch deep
Hard Maple: 15/16-inch wide, by 1-1/32-inch tall, by 4-1/4-inches longj, with a 19/32-inch deep dado that is 2-3/4-inches wide to accomodate the walnut
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."